Let us guess. You’re here because you probably had a ‘gait analysis’ done at a shoe store and were advised to wear running shoes that ‘reduce’ or ‘correct’ your pronation.
Or you read something about overpronation on the internet, so you landed on this page to do further research before finally deciding which shoe to buy.
But let’s make it clear upfront – the so-called stability running shoes will not ‘cure’ or even correct your overpronation. Everyone pronates; this inward-rolling movement is a naturally occurring component of the gait cycle. The only difference is that a certain population of runners roll in a lot more than the others.
To counter the exaggerated movement, the ‘medial post’ was invented a few decades ago. This is a firmer wedge of foam on the inner midsole. The underlying theory was that the harder inner midsole prevents the foot from rolling excessively inwards.
It sounded great on paper and made sense in the 70s and 80s. Back then, running shoes had blown-EVA foam midsoles that compacted quickly and lost their structure within a few months. We already covered this subject in detail in one of our 2015 shoe reviews, so we won’t devote further screen space.
In short, modern-day stability running shoes with a medial post are redundant. Perhaps vintage stability shoes were partially effective, but then those were ugly-looking beasts with oversized medial posts. Now that’s a medial post.
Midsole foams have come of age, so even neutral shoes are supportive enough. To nobody’s surprise, recent traditional stability shoe updates have evolved into supportive neutrals. Look no further than the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 for proof. Even the venerable Nike Structure has ditched its medial post and adopted a ‘supportive neutral’ midsole instead.
So if traditional overpronation-control shoes are a relic of the past, then why does this buyer’s guide exist?
There are two reasons. The first is to tell you that need expensive ‘pronation control’ running shoes are a luxury rather than a necessity.
The other reason is that a lot of runners want the feeling of a firmer medial wedge, the same way some individuals prefer insoles that provide a sense of under-arch support.
Like any other running shoe, wearing a medially posted model is a personal choice. To that end, we’ve put together a list of traditional stability shoes with a firmer midsole wedge.
Unlike our other stability shoe guide which also included non-posted support shoes and stable neutrals, this article only focuses on models with a firmer stability wedge.
So if you don’t see shoes like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 or Nike Structure 24, you know why. adidas and Mizuno do not sell shoes with a medial post, so they’re left out too. The Saucony Guide ISO 2 was on this guide a couple of years ago, but the new Guide 15 is not. Ditto for the Hurricane 23 and Brooks Beast 20.
One good thing about most shoes on this guide is that their wedges aren’t intrusive. So even runners who otherwise run in ‘neutral’ shoes can buy them without concern.
Here’re our picks, sorted alphabetically. The Asics DS-Trainer 26 is the only speed shoe on this guide.
1) Asics Gel-Kayano 28
Despite noticeable updates made to the upper and sole unit, the Kayano 28 retains a sense of familiarity. A firmer medial wedge is present under the arch, and a visible Gel pad is sandwiched between the foam layers of the rearfoot.
On top, a plush engineered mesh upper delivers a fit and feel that is similar to the 27. This is Asics’s premier stability shoe, so a molded clip comes standard for heel support.
Having said that, the heel clip isn’t the same as last year. It is shorter, and extends further towards the midfoot. It’s interesting to note that the heel clip now ends where the updated shank (Trusstic) begins.
Instead of being at the bottom of the shoe like on the Kayano 27, the Trusstic midfoot footbridge is now closer to the foot. This improves the stability levels as well as the quality of transitions. The area where the shank once existed is now filled with outsole rubber, thus increasing the contact surface area.
This year’s Kayano is softer under the forefoot. Most of Asics’s current generation models are turning softer, and the Kayano gets the same treatment.
The Flytefoam Blast forefoot has a lower density than the 27’s midsole, and soft layers made of the removable insole and lasting contribute to the comfort as well.
Forefoot strikers will find the ride a little more forgiving than before. The better balance of softness between the front and rear makes the ride more connected and cohesive.
At its core, the Kayano 28 remains a reliable stability trainer for everyday runs and long-distance workouts alike.
2) Asics Gel GT-2000 10
Though the Kayano Lite 2 is now officially a thing, the Asics GT-2000 is often thought of as the ‘Lite’ version of the more expensive Kayano.
When compared to the Kayano 28, the GT-2000 10 is an ounce lighter, has a 2 mm lower offset, and is $30 less expensive. The V10 gets a price hike of $10, from last year’s $120. Our ultra-detailed review can be read here.
The end product is a stability shoe that feels lighter and more versatile than the pricier Kayano. The lower weight also makes the shoe feel faster, and yet the cushioning is comfortable enough for runs of varying mileages.
Unlike the Kayano, the upper keeps the trims and frills to a minimum. The engineered mesh shell fits comfortably and true to size, whereas the high-density printing details on the midfoot and heel add structural support and aesthetic appeal.
Technically speaking, the GT-2K appears to have a firmer section of foam on the inner midsole, so it has a medial post.
However, Asics doesn’t mention ‘Duomax’ on the V10 – aka the medial post. Instead, Asics calls the new design ‘Litestruss’. Also noteworthy is the retirement of the midfoot shank (Trusstic) – a feature that existed on models as recent as the GT-2000 9.
These updates turn the GT-2000 10 into a ‘Lite’ and softer version of the GT-2000 9; the motion-control aspect of the ride is dialed down by a few notches.
3) Asics GT-1000 11
The GT-1000 11 has a mild motion-control character. There is a firmer medial post, but it’s tiny and does not affect the overall ride dynamics. Like the GT-2000, Asics no longer mentions ‘Duomax’ (its term for a medial post) in the GT-1000 11’s product literature. However, there is a firmer section of foam on the inner midsole.
There is a slight cushioning bias that favors the outer midsole, but that’s precisely why this model features on this guide. The midsole geometry gets you a firmer inner midsole and softer outer sidewall. That’s understandable considering that the outer side has a visible Gel pad for softness.
If you’re unfamiliar with Asics’s stability shoe line-up, know that the GT-1000 is part of the unofficial Kayano/GT-2000/GT-1000 group. The Kayano 28 is the premium stability trainer (and the most expensive), followed by the GT-2000 10 and lastly the 1000.
4) Asics Gel-DS Trainer 26
Having said that, the Asics DS-Trainer is the original speed shoe with a medial post. The 26 suffix tells us how long the DST has been around. If you’re running the numbers inside your head, that’s well over two decades.
In all honesty, the firmer wedge on the inner midsole doesn’t make a lot of difference. The low-profile cushioning is firm and inherently stable. Furthermore, the medial post is barely noticeable during runs – not having it would be of little consequence.
And this shoe does feel quick. The grippy outsole clings to the road tenaciously, and the firm and stable midsole is excellent for speed days.
One of the things we’ve loved about the DS-Trainer recently is its comfortable upper. Beginning with the V24, the secure-fitting interiors acquired a smooth and soft feel due to the plush lining.
5) New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo V5
Till recently, the New Balance Vongo was a different kind of stability running shoe – the kind without a medial post.
However, the Fresh Foam Vongo V5 arrives with a visible wedge on the inner midsole. We have no idea why New Balance decided that the Vongo needed to change.
Perhaps the Vongo V5 is supposed to be the replacement for the now-discontinued 1260? If so, that would make a lot of sense. The 860V12 (see next) is New Balance’s go-to stability trainer but with a firm ride, so now the Vongo can be its more cushioned version.
Since there are very few running shoes with a medial post, the Vongo V5 now targets runners who seek a cushioned running shoe with a conventionally designed medial post.
And cushioned it is. The thick Fresh Foam midsole is softer than the 860, thus making the Vongo suitable for longer runs. The upper borrows its soft and accommodating fit from the stellar 1080, and that complements the comfortable midsole.
6) New Balance Fresh Foam 860V12
Last year, the 860 received what was one of its most significant updates to date. Though the shoe did not get rid of the medial post like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 or Nike Structure, the design changes are worth mentioning.
The 860V11 transitioned from a blended medial post to a smaller wedge with a sloped design. The update dialed down the 860’s motion-control feel to steer it closer to the neutral trainer territory.
However, the headlining act was the 860’s switch to a Fresh Foam midsole. Despite the change, the 860V11 was still a firm running shoe, so the stability levels weren’t adversely affected.
When viewed from a ride perspective, the 860V12 is identical to the V11 – both the versions are based on the same midsole and outsole.
The 860V12’s upper is where all the changes are, and most of the tweaks are improvements. The V12’s heel gets rid of the flared collar design, and removing the midfoot panel (of the V11) makes the upper softer. Both are functional improvements for most runners who are moving up from the 860 V11.
7) New Balance FuelCell Prism V2
From the outside, it’s hard to tell if the New Balance Fuelcell Prism V2 has a medial post.
But it’s there – the firm triangle-shaped foam is co-molded with the rest of the midsole. The medial post is also surrounded by softer foam, so the ride experience is distraction-free.
The Fuelcell Prism V2 is the mildest ‘stability’ shoe on this guide. It is also the softest and lightest – thanks to its midsole material and minimal upper.
It must be said that the Prism 2 isn’t your regular stability shoe. It’s got a cushioned-trainer-meets-tempo-trainer-meets-860 kind of a vibe, a character that bodes well for its versatility.
On one hand, the soft and planted ride makes short work of easygoing runs. The same cushioning extends the Prism’s mileage range while feeling efficient enough for peppier runs. The streamlined upper also lends a fast-shoe feel to the Prism.
This option works if you want just the slightest hint of a medial post in your running shoe. Though the Prism V1 and V2 look similar, there are numerous updates. The midsole has raised edges for improved support, and the outsole slabs are now larger for improved traction and stability.
The Prism 2’s redesigned upper delivers functional improvements like a softer tongue as well as superior fit security. The lacing system now uses looped straps instead of standard eyelets, and this locks the foot in better than the Prism V1.
As a side note, the ‘Fuelcell’ foam on the Prism V2 isn’t to be confused with the one on the Fuelcell Rebel V2. The latter has a softer and bouncier foam that’s shared with the RC Elite.
8) Saucony Omni 20
Just because this guide is sorted alphabetically, the Saucony Omni 20 is featured last.
Regardless of its position on the page, the Omni 20 happens to be the most traditional motion-control shoe here.
While the upper and midsole design has been updated to achieve a better visual alignment with the rest of the Saucony catalog, it has none of the new-age foams like Pwrrun+ (e-TPU) or Pwrrun PB (PEBA). Like the Ride 14 and Guide 14, the Omni is based on a standard EVA foam midsole.
Looking at the Omni 20 is like staring into the past. The sizeable medial post is noticeable, and that’s something that can be felt under the foot as well.
The Pwrrun midsole is made of an EVA-blended foam, so its firm ride reminds us of the older Saucony designs. Though it is very stable, the Omni 20 has a motion control undertone due to the dual-density setup.
There’s nothing special happening on the upper either; just some good old-fashioned engineered mesh cobbled together with welded overlays and padded lining. This ‘safe’ approach ensures a predictably comfortable and secure fit.
If the idea of a running shoe with a medial post sounds appealing, then we’re happy to report that the Omni 20 gets the old-fashioned stability running shoe formula right.